19 January 1953
Hayden was born in Stanmore, Middlesex. She trained with the Aida Foster stage school in dancing, singing and stage acting before making her film debut at the age of 15 in the controversial Baby Love (1968), playing a schoolgirl who seduces her adoptive family. She next featured in two horror films; playing Alice Hargood in Hammer's Taste the Blood of Dracula, (1970), followed by a memorable performance as the demonically possessed Angel Blake in The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970), made by Tigon. In 1972, she played a pregnant teenage hitchhiker in Something to Hide, driving Peter Finch to murder and madness.
Hayden appeared opposite Robin Askwith, her then-boyfriend, in the popular sex comedies Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977) and, with Fiona Richmond, in Let's Get Laid (1978); as well as the obscure cult film Queen Kong (1976). She also shared the stage with Askwith, in Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon's farce Who Goes Bare. Hayden and Richmond had previously appeared together in the thriller Exposé (1976), which was known as Trauma in the USA and House on Straw Hill in Australia, and banned in the UK as a video nasty. In a documentary on the DVD of The Blood on Satan's Claw, Hayden says that Exposé is the only movie she regrets making and was not the film she had made originally.
Following a brief role in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Hayden concentrated on stage and television work. In 1980 she appeared in the ITV series The Professionals as 'Gerda' in the episode 'Black Out' and as 'Annie,' Terry McCann's girlfriend in the Christmas special Minder on the Orient Express, 1985. She also took a role in the thriller Underground at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and London's Prince of Wales Theatre in 1983, as well as a 1997 episode of The Bill.
She is the sister of actress Jane Hayden (b. 1957), who played a number of roles on films and TV in the 1970s.
|Taste the Blood of Dracula||Hammer production|
|The Blood on Satan's Claw||Tigon production|
|Something to Hide|
|Night Watch||Embassy Pictures|
|Barcelona Kill||La redada (original title)|
|Confessions of a Window Cleaner||Columbia Pictures|
|Exposé||House on Straw Hill (alternative title)|
|Confessions from a Holiday Camp||Columbia Pictures|
|Let's Get Laid|
|The Boys from Brazil||20th Century Fox|
|Run for Your Wife|
|The Charlie Drake Show||2 episodes|
|Now Look Here||4 episodes|
|Crown Court||Episode: "Traffic Warden's Daughter - Part 1"|
|Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em||Season 1, episode 1 "Getting a Job"|
|Marked Personal||2 episodes|
|Village Hall||Season 2, episode 3 "The Rough and the Smooth"|
|My Brother's Keeper||Season 1, episode 1 "Pig in the Middle"|
|The Galton & Simpson Playhouse||Season 1, episode 2 "Swap You One of These for Another of Those"|
|Robin's Nest||Season 3, episode 4 "Away from All What?"|
|Robin's Nest||Season 4, episode 1 "Should Auld Acquaintance?"|
|Mackenzie||Season 1, episode 7 "Sole Agent"|
|The Professionals||Season 4, episode 7 "Black Out"|
|Dick Turpin||Season 3, episode 4 "Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure - Part 4"|
|Shillingbury Tales||4 episodes|
|Let There Be Love||Season 1, episode 3 "Dad's the Word"|
|Cuffy||Season 1, episode 1 "Cuffy and a Carpetbagger |
Season 1, episode 6 "Cuffy and a Green Eye"
|Just Good Friends||Season 1, episode 1 "After All This Time"|
|Hart to Hart||Season 5, episode 7 "Passing Chance"|
|Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense||Episode 8 "Black Carrion"|
|The Kenny Everett Television Show||2 episodes|
|Mr. H Is Late||Television short|
|The Upper Hand||Season 2, episode 9 "A Friend in Need"|
|The Bill||Season 13, episode 112 "Performance Anxiety"|